Originally Posted by ApK
Usually in clubs with a performer of some sort. You pay just to enter whether you buy food and drink or not.
There is also the "two drink minimum" where you will be required to buy two drinks whether you want/drink them or not. ApK
Sometimes the performers or entertainment in a club or bar is the customers themselves. i.e. there is a dance floor where attractive women dance, or they just sit or stand and look great.
The greatest entertainment a bar can offer is when a tipsy young nubile woman scrambles up on the bar itself and dances and maybe even plays at striptease.
Men want to be in places like that. Men will travel far and pay much to be in places like that.
Therefore women get in free at various times or all times. Men are charged all the time.
Likewise the bar may offer free drinks at certain times but only certain fruity, sweet drinks with dumb names. Women love these drinks and they are free. A real man couldn't drink one, or wouldn't be seen drinking one.
Hawkers may go out to the streets around the bar and give out complimentary passes to the type people they want to come to the bar.
Or college kids might get passes at certain times.
Patrons that spend a lot of money might get a complimentary pass for next time.
So much about bars.
The real question here is what has been the experience of bookstores that charge browsing fees. Is traffic up? Are sales up.